Amr Diab is perhaps the most famous Arab musician, and definitely the most recognisable out of Egypt
, the cultural Mecca of the Arab world. Amr Diab is often referred to as "The Arab Ricky Martin
" and indeed there appear to be many similarities between the two.. I'll leave these up to you to discover.
Perhaps his best known hit is Habibi (Ya Nour El-Ain)
. It features a Latino
vibe that you'll find is common in many of his songs. Interestingly, his collaboration
s cross cultural and language boundaries most notably with Angela Dimitriou
in the tracks Ana Bahabak Aktar
. He was also featured in a Shakira
track called Ojos Asi
(Eyes like yours). It was a minor chorus role as opposed to a duet however.
Recently, he has been trying to enter the English speaking market by releasing a version of Nour El-Ain with some English lyrics that just screams (or in this case murmurs provocatively) Fresh Off the Boat
. Another example is the track Wala Ala Balo
(Not On His Mind) which includes a section of rap
in English. (It is probably worth noting that Amr Diab himself isn't the one who raps, (thank god))
A nice unofficial source of information and lyrics and so on exists at http://www.amrdiab.net